Last week was amazing. I spent a few days in New York City, where I was invited to attend an amazing celebrity panel discussing the big issue of Mom Judgement. The panel was presented by TODAY Parents and Similac, and I attended as part of my partnership with Similac’s Sisterhood of Motherhood.
The whole trip was so inspiring. I finally got to meet in person so many of the amazing mom bloggers I’ve come to know through this initiative. It was so encouraging to see how passionate we all are about the idea of ending the “Mommy Wars” and creating a judgement free environment for moms everywhere.
I’ll write more about my New York trip in all its glory later, but right now I really wanted to share some of the amazing take-aways I got from the panel.
The event was held at the Rainbow Room which is at the top of Rockefeller Plaza (30 Rock, for those like me who like to sound cooler than we are). There was a delicious spread of brunch foods, and dozens of bloggers, media personalities, celebrities and employees of NBC were in attendance. We even got a VIP tour of the inner workings of the TODAY Show, and I came within touching distance of several amazing people (Josh Brolin and Carol Burnette were guests that day, and it was surreal seeing them in the flesh!). We also got to meet Dylan Dreyer on set, along with the very famous Wrangler dog! And how cool was it to make all my teenage TRL dreams come true by standing on a NYC street with Carson Daly only a few feet away!?
But back to the event. We were all so excited about the various amazing people in attendance. On one side of me was Don Nash and on the other was Randi Zuckerberg and Angie Goff! There were some amazing women and men in attendance.
The panel itself consisted of moderator TODAY’s Sheinelle Jones and Jenna Wolfe, TODAY Parenting Team editor Rebecca Dube, psychologist Dr. Shefali Tsabary and Hilary & Haylie Duff. It was a fantastic conversation about mom judgement, and I was particularly keen on the input of new mom Haylie Duff, who was incredibly humble in her thoughts on mothering her new daughter. She was very endearing, and though I often tend to think of celebrities as not “real parents” (there I go judging again!), hearing her and Hilary speak on their real struggles and dealing with hurtful comments really brought home that we’re all in this together.
I also LOVED how passionate Jenna Wolfe was in her commentary. She was SO impressive with reminding us all that love is the most important thing, and no one else’s opinions matter because if you are doing your best you are doing it right.
““We are all a work in progress! No one has it figured out; no one has all the right answers; no one ever has, and no one ever will. So if you can go to sleep at night knowing you did the best you can, you loved your kid with everything you’ve got in your heart, regardless of what every other human says, writes or thinks about you, then guess what? You’re doing it right.”
One of the highlights of the panel was the unveiling of Similac’s trailer for their End Mommy Wars film! You can see it here or watch below:
I feel like we are making huge strides in learning how to treat other moms, dads and caregivers. It is extremely important that we all go the extra mile in helping to accept ourselves and each other, and I would love if you could share ways you are doing just that.
For me, I love what Dr Tsebari said about those who are the harshest are coming from “a place of lack.” Meaning the people who are judging and being harsh to one another often have something they are feeling bad about in their own parenting style. Learning to be empathetic is the key to dealing with the judgement. If we all remember that, maybe we can make a difference in each other’s lives.
If you want to see some more about this panel, including the full video of the event, head on over to the TODAY Parents hub for more great content!